A SpaceX rocket carried 53 satellites for the Starlink web constellation into orbit Friday after blasting off from California.
The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 3:07pm., and minutes later the primary stage landed on a droneship within the Pacific Ocean whereas the second stage continued towards low Earth orbit.
SpaceX later tweeted that the satellites have been efficiently deployed.
Starlink is a space-based system that SpaceX has been constructing for years to carry web entry to underserved areas of the world.
Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has tons of of Starlink satellites orbiting Earth at an altitude of 340 miles (550 kilometers).
SpaceX just lately introduced that its Starlink Internet service will now be out there in 32 new international locations. It shared an availability map for the service, which confirmed international locations marked below totally different segments similar to Available, Waitlist, and Coming Soon. Most international locations in Europe and North America are listed below Available, whereas some areas in South America are below waitlist, which implies that the Starlink service is learn to ship in these areas. Most of the newly added international locations fall below the approaching quickly class, together with all of Africa, South America, and South and Southeast Asia.
The Starlink Internet service will broaden to extra international locations, together with India. However, in India, the service nonetheless hasn’t acquired business licences. SpaceX had initially deliberate to launch the service in India and supply full protection by the tip of 2021. The new availability map doesn’t reveal any timelines for the international locations the place the Internet service is claimed to launch.